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Thistledown Bachelor's Block 2018

Thistledown Bachelors Block Shiraz 2018


The first ‘single site’ release and a wine that sets the benchmark for contemporary fine wine from the Barossa. We’ve been working with this grower for a number of years and though all of his fruit is very solid, one particular block always stood out, irrespective of the year. In 2018 we carefully hand-picked a portion of the block allowing us to do whole bunch ferments which added another dimension to the already epic fruit.

A complex and savory nose with hints of graphite, licorice, spice and blackberry. The palate is well balanced with dense, smoky black fruits and beautifully polished, glossy tannins that provide a mouth-filling yet succulent, energetic finish.


95pts The Wine Advocate – Grown by Andy Kalleske, the 2018 Bachelor’s Block Ebenezer Shiraz is textbook Barossa Valley Shiraz, with bold notes of purple raspberries and mint but also ample weight and concentration on the full-bodied palate, creamy, supple tannins and a rich, velvety and mouthwatering finish. Made with one-third whole clusters and matured in one-third new oak, neither shows much on the surface, but both impart extra dimension to this multifaceted wine. It should drink well for at least a decade.

95pts Halliday Wine Companion – I like this. A lot! Again, a sturdy clutch of whole-bunch (40%) mettle and a twine of peppery acidity serves to galvanize teeming blue and black fruit flavors with a sense of restraint. No shortage of richness, soaring violet aromas and the heft desired by many. Barossa, after all.
But the overall sense is of a wine from somewhere cooler; a hand with a deft touch. Vinous density juxtaposed against an uncanny lightness and thrumming intensity. Kudos!


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